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Please excuse me while I pull my hair out, slowly.

So, remember my excitement about getting the yarn for my february lady sweater? I had vague doubts about whether I really wanted the cardigan itself or not, but I definitely wanted to knit it, so I cast on straight away.

Taking shape

And like that, my hesitations were gone. It was love! Who could resist that delicious green? Not I, it seemed. Um, until I finished the first skein of yarn and hard to start a second. Which turned out to be a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COLOUR! Oh the devastation.

Hmmm

See the way the colour changes about halfway down there? And it was WAY more pronounced in reality. Couldn’t stay. So I ripped back to the yoke and decided to alternate skeins for the body (which I should have done from the start, obvs, but shhh). Initially I thought everything was dandy again, but now… Meh. The colour blends better now, but none of the other skeins I have are really as nice a colour as the one I knit the yoke in. And I really fell for that one, so now nothing else will do. Why they are all so different is beyond me. Yeah yeah, handpainted, I know, but still. So now I’m kind of back to thinking I just don’t really want this sweater at all, that I’m just too suggestible and peer pressure made me do it in the first place. ‘Cept every time I see another lovely one appear on ravelry I want it all over again. Sigh.

Anyway I decide to set it aside for awhile and go back to the blue sweater I was working on. Just sleeves to go, so I need to pick out buttons for the shoulder placket it will have. Initial options are as follows:

But which?

Thoughts? Opinions? It’s looking like the middle ones right now, but I may go nuts and find different ones altogether. Green perhaps? The possibilities are endless!

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Simple.

I have been writing like crazy all week, trying to get a chunk of my thesis out of the way. It went pretty well, but has left me incapable of writing anything else so I give you pictures instead. And not even particularly good ones. Sorry. Meh.

Simple

In between bursts of typing like a mad thing, I finished sewing the top that I was working on. You’d think I would also have ironed it properly before photographing it, but I seem to have overlooked that.

Simple
Close-up of the pin-tucks that almost ruined my life.

Simple

It’s simple and plain, just white cotton with a few little details like the gathers and pin tucks thrown in for interest, and that’s it. But I love the fit, and I’ve already worn it a couple of times since I finished it.

Simple

Also? No idea why I look so sullen in these photos. Note to self: stop that.

Surprise! Or…

love.1 of 4 skeins of Dream in Color Classy in “Happy Forest”

I love when this happens. I wasn’t expecting this to arrive till the end of the week, and then my cheery postman knocked on the door this morning with a box for me. Kind of a bad move though seeing as I’m way down to the wire working on a chunk of my thesis that has to be handed in tomorrow so I really didn’t need such an alluring distraction. Not that that stopped me. The writing still awaits, and instead I swatched. Like, instantly.

Swatchface Swatchface. Heh heh.

My plan, and the reason I ordered this, was to join in the frenzy that has slowly been picking off knitters the web over, and knit the February Lady Sweater, but now I find myself having doubts. I’ve already cast on, however, and I’m way too indecisive to give in to these doubts so I will most likely keep knitting until it’s kind of too late not to continue, and then eventually end up with a finished cardigan and just never wear it. It’s the least rational, and therefore most likely, outcome. What can I say, that’s how I roll.

Enjoy!

Had to include a shot of the receipt for my order because it cracks me up that someone wrote “Enjoy!” on it. Love that. And I have truly taken their advice to heart.

Now, I really really have to do some work. Really. Someone make my knitting decision for me, ‘kay?

No, really.

This may actually be the death of me.

Never again

I have sewn, ripped, and re-sewn these six times. And they don’t even look impressive! AND I now have to cut into them. Y’know, so they can be made pattern-shaped.

They are also the reason for my blogging absence of late. I kept thinking to myself, “Oh, don’t post today, for tomorrow you will have a pretty finished top to show off. Wait till then.” But that was before I realised what a never-ending nightmare pin-tucks had ushered into my life. So I’m giving in and posting now. Also because I need to whine about how bloody infuriating these things are. But really, how can I be grumpy when we’re in the middle of my favourite two weeks of the year?

Soon, soon I shall have something pretty to show. Oh yes, and I have knitting which will be duly paraded about these parts, it just doesn’t look like much yet.

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“Oh, this old thing?”

New dress!

“Why that’s just something I whipped up over the weekend… Oh thank you, yes, I do have phenomenal dress-making talents… Well if you think this is impressive, you should taste my florentines!”*

It appears that all this sewing has gone to my head. I have become some sort of sewing-megalomaniac, unaware of any limit to my own talents. I have, if you will, created a monster. Of myself. Heh.

New dress!
Front gathers…

New dress!
… back gathers. Isn’t the difference startling?

But if you wish to shout at me and tell me to stop being so vain, well, I CAN’T HEAR YOU because I’m too busy twirling in my new green dress. Tra la la la la.

New dress!

I made the pattern for this myself, because I prefer to do that than to use bought patterns. It’s just more fun, and I love the designing part. ‘Twas my dream as a young ‘un. I can’t believe I’ve left it so long since I last sewed something – it’s SO MUCH FUN! I predict many more dresses in my future. Maybe I shall even brave sleeves!

New dress!

*It seems all the obnoxious gloating took over my brain and turned me into, among other things, a liar. I have never made florentines. And I imagine that if I did, they would be less than impressive.

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Today’s occupations

Reuniting with my first love:

The nerve-wracking part

Forgot how much I love sewing

Forgot how much I love sewing

Man is sewing faster than knitting

And it feels good.

Hopefully I’ll finish this later today, because man is sewing so much faster than knitting. But then I am finding it extremely hard to tear myself away from the French Open final too… Love Sundays. Love Summer.

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If I say I’m sorry I can do what I like. Right?

Right?? That’s how it works, isn’t it? Well I am. Sorry. For how boring this is about to be. But that won’t stop me doing it. For not only do I really have nothing of interest to say, but even what I have to show you is boring. Must be something in the water. I swear I’m all about the fun and excitement normally. Just not on this blog, apparently.

But I finished something, so here it shall be paraded.

Converted
“Oooh, wow! Plain stockinette socks! We’ve never seen those before!”

See? I told you it wouldn’t be interesting. But in case you really, really want to know, here are the details:

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock, 1 skein of no. 149
Needles: 2.00mm (never again)
Notes: No pattern needed for these, seeing as they’re so plain I’m sure a peanut could knit them. Toe-up ’cause I like it like that, magic-loop as always, and a short-row heel. All a grand plan to copy the lovely Elin’s lovely pair.

Converted
Short-row heel. Y’know, in case you thought I was lying.

I was never really into Noro and all the colour-changing it’s got going on, but now I love it. This colour at least. Plus I really like the feel of these socks, even though lots of people have complained about Kureyon Sock being pretty rough. It’s no merino, sure, but the socks feel hardy and like I actually won’t be afraid to wear them, so it’s a plus as far as I’m concerned.

Converted

Converted

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